Pig and Poultry Farmers

Last updated January 01, 2015

While an egg may be the most beautifully simple design in nature, producing one is no simple task. Laying hens need the right mix of nutrients, lighting, ventilation, and water to produce a good egg. Like poultry farmers, pig farmers must make sure their animals get the food, water, and medicine they need.

Many pig and poultry farmers are finding a new niche, specializing in organic chickens or pigs, offering free-range eggs or hormone-free pork to shoppers.

Pig and poultry farmers raise pigs or chickens and other fowl for maximum health and yield, making sure they meet health regulations.

Did You Know?

Many pig and poultry farmers contract their services out, raising herds or flocks provided by large companies.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Vaccinate your herd against disease
  • Keep careful records of any illnesses or deaths in your herd or flock
  • Make sure your buildings meet safety and health regulations
  • Learn basic veterinary skills
  • Decide which feed to use
  • Keep records of purchases and sales for tax purposes
  • Maintain a computerized customer database

It Helps To Be...

Interested in new technology. Better ventilation and lighting systems can help make pigs and chickens healthier.

Make High School Count

  • Take science courses such as biology and chemistry. These will help you understand how to mix feed and medicine, as well as giving you insight into how pigs and chickens live and grow.
  • Learn more about food in consumer and family studies classes.
  • Start building the skills you’ll need to run a business. Pay attention in English and math and sign up for classes in computers, business, and accounting.
  • Work on a local farm.

Did You Know?

The overuse of antibiotics to keep herds and flocks healthy has become a growing concern for farmers, veterinarians, and shoppers.